The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2000) was developed jointly by the US Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material. It is primarily a guide to aid first responders in (1) quickly identifying the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and (2) protecting themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident. The ERG is updated every three years to accommodate new products and technology.
DOT's goal is to place one ERG2000 in each emergency service vehicle, nationwide, through distribution to state and local public safety authorities. To date, more than seven million copies have been distributed without charge to the emergency responder community. Copies are made available free of charge to public emergency responders through the state coordinator (U.S. only) nearest you. In Canada, contact CANUTEC at 613-992-4624 or via Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. In Mexico, call SCT at 52-5-684-1275. Copies are also available commercially through the GPO Bookstores and other commercial vendors.
To view/print the Guide Page(s) corresponding to the material you are
shipping click on the appropriate link below.
Full Version of the ERG2000
Search by Name of Material
Search by Identification Number
Search the Table of Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances
Online Searchable Version
ERG2000 State Coordinators List
Commercial Suppliers of:Available Documents and Files
- 2000 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2000)
- DOT Chart 11 (Marking, Labeling, and Placarding Guides)
- Sources of Hazardous Materials Regulations and Other Publications
- Publications Containing International Requirements
Spanish Version of the 2000 Emergency Response Guidebook
RSPA welcomes constructive comments for improvements to the ERG2000. Comments
should be sent either by
email, or in writing to the Office of Hazardous Materials Initiatives and Training, DHM-50, Research and Special Programs Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 7th St., S.W., Washington, DC 20590.